Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 8th

The Association appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

#1 at the Box Office this week?  You guessed it … "Bonnie And Clyde".  The Warren Beatty / Faye Dunaway flick is an absolute smash, closing in on $25,000,000 in box office receipts. 

Bob Gibson and The St. Louis Cardinals shut The Boston Red Sox down 6-0 as Gibson won his second World Series game of this competition.

Well into the 1960s, stereo records were much more prevalent in the United States than in the United Kingdom. Decca established a subsidiary label, Deram Records (pronounced DEE-ram) on which to release recordings using a "Deramic Stereo Sound" imaging technique. The label recorded a few demo albums of orchestral music, but Decca executives wanted to create a "sampler" record demonstrating the applicability of the technique for pop music product. 
On October 8, 1967, at Decca's West Hampstead studio complex in London, a production team consisting of executive producer Hugh Mendl, staff producer Tony Clarke, engineer Derek Varnals, and conductor-arranger Peter Knight gathered with the Moody Blues as the band began recording tracks for a new "concept" album about the passage of a typical day. With that premise in mind, the band recorded "The Day Begins," Mike Pinder's peaceful composition "Dawn Is a Feeling," Ray Thomas' "Another Morning," John Lodge's frenetic "Peak Hour," Justin Hayward's "Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)," Lodge's "(Evening) Time to Get Away," Pinder's "The Sun Set," Thomas' "Twilight Time," and Hayward's haunting conclusion, "Nights In White Satin" -- the emotional climax of which is Mike's goose bump-inducing recitation of Graeme Edge's poem "Late Lament." 
The tracks were, of course, for "Days of Future Passed," the band's groundbreaking masterwork symphonic-infused album. The back cover of the vinyl album had a photo of the band and the production team members in a meeting. "That photo was not staged. It was taken during a discussion in the control room," Mike Pinder told authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March for their book "Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 2."